Chopard, the top jewellery and watch brand, held a new product launch event for its new Imperiale series at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing on September 20th. . Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and fashion designer Ye Mingzi
On the same day, Ye Mingzi, a famous fashion designer, and Jin Yimeng, the first female director with a billion-dollar Chinese box office, attended the event and shared their unique insights and preferences for the Imperiale series with the guests at the same time. In the Imperiale series of short films directed and starred by Yimeng, Ms. Ye Mingzi, a fashion designer, also showed a number of clothing inspired by the Imperiale series.
Imperiale was inspired by its tribute to the long history of the ancient empires of Byzantium, Greece, China, and Rome. The Imperiale watch was born in the 1990s and redesigned in 2010. Its style is more individual and modern. This time Chopard introduces the new Imperiale series, which combines unique style and noble temperament. It attracts attention with its perfect proportions and exquisite details.
New Imperiale Jewelry New Imperiale Jewellery
The Imperiale jewellery is a perfect match for this collection of watches, with a sense of elegance. The new jewellery combines softness and resilience, and is made of rose gold or white gold with soft amethyst and pink quartz stones in the center. The edges of the petals are pure and natural, or they are set with diamonds. The series is divided into Imperiale by Day, Imperiale by Night, and Imperiale Forever to cater for the different needs of modern fashion women for the jewelry and watches they wear at work and social places during the day and night. Among them, Imperiale Forever is for ladies to attend any occasion A versatile all-time wearable.
Chopard, the top jewellery and watch brand, held a new product launch event for its new Imperiale series at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing on September 20th. . Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele and fashion designer Ye Mingzi
On December 20, 2016, TAG Heuer, a Swiss pioneering watchmaking brand, joined hands with La Nuit de la Glisse, an internationally renowned extreme sports organization, to release the film ‘Don’t Crack Under Pressure’ Self) brought to China in the second season, presenting everyone this extreme sports event. La Nuit de la Glisse was founded in the 1970s by a group of visionary dreamers. Over the past 30 years, the film crew has traveled the world, looking for the most extraordinary natural environment, and exhibiting with the world’s great athletes like never before. Stunts, let the public understand the development of emerging extreme sports and traditional extreme sports.
Howling winds, steep hills, and huge waves … In order to create the second season of 2016, Thierry Donard, founder and patron of La Nuit de la Glisse, once again traveled the world through the lens, from Mexico to Dolomites, Italy The summit of the mountain, and then through Polynesia, to a more distant and more difficult journey, showing all the breathtaking landscapes one by one, and in this way, this group of outstanding athletes, unparalleled wonders and rare Seeing scene. The TAG Heuer #DontCrackUnderPressure (Fearless Challenge, Achieve Yourself) spirit always runs through the filming and production process.
This year, the public and extreme sports enthusiasts will have the opportunity to follow the footsteps of passionate top athletes through La Nuit de la Glisse and explore traditional extreme sports like La Nuit de la Glisse’s new skiing, skating and canoeing, As well as other emerging extreme sports such as surfing, penetrate the inaccessible Jedi danger and appreciate the game between man and nature.
The second season of the film selected the world’s top athletes with outstanding personal qualities and relentless pursuit of extreme challenges, including: Tikanui Smith, Karsten Gefle, Mathias Wyss, Hira Teriinatoofa, Matea Hiquily, Davide Carrera, Zane Schweitzer, Richie Jackson, Jesse Richman, Matahi Drollet, Eric Deguil, and Keala Kennelly.
Let’s have a unique and extraordinary journey with this group of extreme athletes who constantly challenge themselves in the extreme environment.
Constellation experts said that the second Mercury retrograde in 2018 is coming again, starting from July 26 to August 19, and Mercury retrograde regardless of constellation will affect all people. Contradictions in relationships, oolong in the workplace, minor health or financial troubles … don’t be afraid! This time we are ready for the magic of fortune. Every time I see a tourbillon watch, the mechanical structure that keeps flying in the air on the disk reminds me of the phrase ‘the sky is healthy, the gentleman is constantly improving!’ The device, named after the French ‘Tourbillon’, seems to have the function of transferring water from the wind. Tian Xingjian, the gentleman is constantly improving! As a watch fan, you must know what a tourbillon is! It is not clear if there is no problem, here is a quick science popularization. The tourbillon, Tourbillon, comes from the French ‘vortex’. It refers to the timepiece’s speed regulating mechanism—escape fork, escapement wheel, balance wheel, and hairspring are put into a frame that rotates 360 degrees continuously to offset the effect of gravity on the hairspring, so that the time of the clock is more accurate. . The tourbillon invented by Mr. Breguet in his early years was the invention of Mr. Breguet in 1795. Most of the watches and clocks of that era were pocket watches and were placed upright in the pocket. Therefore, the balance spring always stood upright, so that the hairspring was under the ground. The effect of gravitational gravity cannot be contracted in a concentric circle, so Mr. Baoji rotates the speed control mechanism 360 degrees, so that the balance spring is affected uniformly to offset the error. However, now is the era of watches. Watches move irregularly on our wrists and no longer stand upright like pocket watches, so the role of tourbillons has not been so important. The tourbillon was born for a pocket watch in its early years. As one of the three complicated functions of a watch, the tourbillon, one of the three questions, and the perpetual calendar, is still carried forward by many brands, because there is such a mechanism that rotates and dances on the disk. It is indeed pleasing to the eye, and its ornamental value is far higher than the practical value. And such a structure that weighs less than one gram and usually contains dozens of parts is also a manifestation of the brand’s watchmaking strength. Therefore, the tourbillon watches of first-tier brands usually sell for at least 100,000 yuan. The tourbillon watch has an asking price of over 1 million yuan. But to be honest, in this era, watch design, development, production, and inspection and calibration are basically done by computers, which greatly reduces the threshold and difficulty of making tourbillons. It has greatly increased, and there are many kinds of flying tourbillons, dual-axis tourbillons, three-axis tourbillons, spherical tourbillons, double tourbillons, 30-second tourbillons, tilting tourbillons, center tourbillons, external tourbillons, Mysterious tourbillon, magnetic tourbillon … It is really too trivial to prepare, and each one can write a colorful report. In this article, I will take you to appreciate the 5 tourbillon watches that I have personally played at the Baselworld Watch & Jewellery Expo 2018. Their common feature is ‘transparent and agile’, which is as dazzling as a wave. The magic fan has increased the value of tourbillon to the level of art. Breguet classic series ultra-thin self-winding tourbillon 5367 watch to talk about the tourbillon, then the inventor of the tourbillon Breguet must not get around. This year the brand launched an ultra-thin tourbillon with a large open flame enamel disk. Unlike the 5377 launched in 2013, the watch has cancelled the power reserve display, making the overall layout of the dial more concise and simple, and highlighting the tourbillon wholeheartedly. At the same time, the blue steel hands are in sharp contrast with the white flawless enamel dial, which makes the reading more clear. It seems unpretentious from the outside, but its movement maintains a consistently high standard. The splints, barrels and rotors are all sanded and carved by hand. The self-winding ring-shaped rotor is made of platinum to make it more inertia, and it swings repeatedly around the periphery of the movement. In this way, the structure of the movement can be shown to the greatest extent in our eyes, not only let the tourbillon run Unobstructed, it also ensures that the movement is thin (3 mm), making the watch only 7.45 mm thick. But thin, it also has an impressive 80-hour power reserve. The rose gold version is priced at 1,165,000 yuan, and the platinum version is priced at 1,278,300 yuan. Blancpain Villeret Classic Series Flying Tourbillon Retrograde Minute Watches. The tourbillon of Blancpain is quite unique. Unlike the ordinary tourbillon, the center axis of rotation is in the middle of the balance with hairspring. The tourbillon of Blancpain is called ‘Eccentric tourbillon’, so that the movement of the escape wheel and the fork can be displayed to the maximum without seeing only the movement of the balance with hairspring. And this watch uses a floating tourbillon, that is, removes the bridge that fixes and supports the center axis of the tourbillon, so that the tourbillon floats in the air, so it is called ‘flying tourbillon’. What’s even more amazing is that it further replaced the bottom bridge of the tourbillon with transparent sapphire crystal glass, so that the running beauty of the tourbillon is fully revealed, plus the simple white large fire enamel dial, the entire watch is full of Smart beauty. The watch adopts the design of jumping hour and minute retrograde. When the minute hand reaches 60, it will fly back to the 0 position, and at this time the hour will immediately jump to the next number. At this time, the hour and minute hands on the disk are moving with the tourbillon, as if the stage is changing screens. This is a gorgeous performance about time. The rose gold version is priced at 1,131,000 yuan, and the platinum version is priced at 1,374,500 yuan. Hublot Hublot Big Bang Sapphire Tourbillon Watch This Hublot tourbillon watch also uses a floating tourbillon design and also uses a transparent sapphire crystal glass to replace the bottom plate. The case, face plate, and strap extend to the movement for full transparency. Sapphire crystal glass is a synthetic, hard and transparent material. Its hardness and abrasion resistance are second only to diamonds. Hublot is the pioneer in driving sapphire crystal materials, not only creating a variety of colorful sapphire crystal glass, but also Sapphire crystal creates detailed parts. With a skeleton movement made of sapphire crystal, only a few metal gears can recognize the outline, and all other parts are transparent-the middle layer of the case, the lugs and the case back show a transparent mechanical structure, as if suspended in the air. The faceplate, numerals, hour markers, and power reserve display are all transparent, and the hollowed out pointer is slowly passing by. Finally with a transparent rubber strap, the watch is astonishingly worn on the hand. The price is 884,200 yuan. The bezel-set square diamond version is priced at 1,265,400 yuan. Harry Winston Harry Winston epic tourbillon No. 9 epic tourbillon (Histoire de Tourbillon) series launched in 2009, this limited edition series to play with the tourbillon’s various possibilities, this year launched to the 9th. Take a closer look at the oversized tourbillon in the lower half of the disk. The 3 axes are rotated in 3 different directions. The balance spring in the inner circle rotates once every 45 seconds, and the center axis rotates once every 75 seconds. The frame rotates every 300 seconds, presenting a very magical dynamic landscape. The top and bottom of the tourbillon structure are sapphire crystal glass, which allows the light to penetrate as much as possible, admiring the three-dimensional rotating tourbillon, just like a ballet dancer taking off and spinning (well, some people have described it as a roast suckling pig Or roast whole lamb), it’s eye-opening (or appetite?). The watch is available in white and red gold and is priced at 4,905,000 yuan. It’s like wearing a house on your wrist. Although Zenith’s Defy Zero G watch is not a tourbillon, it is similar in concept and can achieve a better resistance to gravity than a tourbillon. This watch is very magical. The G of Zero G refers to Gravity, gravity, that is to say, this watch challenges gravitation, with the help of a compact and ‘gravity control’ gyro module. As early as Baselworld 2008, Zenith launched the first-generation Defy Classic Zero G watch equipped with this revolutionary device, and later released the Columbus watch equipped with this structure at the Greenwich Observatory in London in September 2010. ‘I was also fortunate to be invited to the scene. The patented module counteracts the effect of gravity on the speed of the watch by keeping the speed control mechanism at the same horizontal position-in the most vivid words, like a ‘tumbler’, because the bottom weight allows the watch to wave no matter how Swing and gyroscope can keep balance hairspring level with the ground. Coupled with a 5 Hz El Primero high-frequency movement, the accuracy of the watch continues to improve, icing on the cake. The principle is simple, but it is extremely difficult to make. After 10 years of R & D and improvement, this spherical structure consisting of 139 micro-components has been fully optimized, reduced in size and improved in energy efficiency. The gyroscope module was previously rotated between two convex sapphire crystals, but now it is only 30% of its initial volume, so it can be installed between two flat sapphire crystals. Pricing: stainless steel + crocodile leather strap, RMB 740,900; stainless steel + titanium alloy strap, 749,000 yuan; rose gold + crocodile leather strap, 834,900 yuan; rose gold + rose gold strap, 944,000 yuan. In The Analects, Confucius said, ‘The dead are like a husband, who does not want to leave day or night.’ The passing of time is like a river flowing, so concrete and trembling! And maybe when we wear a tourbillon watch on our wrists, it can better remind us of the movement of time, and we must grasp the moment and cherish time.
The famous Heuer-01 Skeleton Manufacture Chronograph is available in three colors: black, dark blue and light brown. The new diameter is 43 mm, 6 numbers, stainless steel, and ceramic bezel.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 watch launched in 2015 opened up new markets. The 45mm Skeleton Manufacture Chronograph is a stylish sport design that sells for less than 5,000 Swiss francs, reinterpreting the value of money.
This year, this famous patented chronograph was launched in a slightly streamlined 43mm format and available in three styles: dark black, dark blue and elegant light brown.
The bright polished ceramic speedometer bezel echoes the classic 12-component modular polished glazed steel case. The skeleton dial, the Heuer-01 trademark and the sapphire case back reveal the beauty of the machine. The chronograph joystick and date dial on the dial side are cut out and carved. On the case back, the red guide wheel becomes a conspicuous visual focus. The hollowed-out chronograph bridge and PVD black-plated oscillating weight also focus attention on the watch mechanism equipped with a clutch with a swing gear.
All the chronograph functions of the movement are marked in red as a tribute to motorsports: the central seconds hand, 30-minute counter, 12-hour counter and start / stop buttons. The sporty Heuer-01 Manufacture Chronograph is named after the founder Edouard Heuer as a tribute. 01 means that this watch is the beginning of a new generation of chronographs.
After more than five years of continuous improvement and optimization, the watch has reached a very high level of quality and its production costs have been precisely controlled, making it a rare 100% autonomous chronograph with a price below 5,000 Swiss francs.
CAR201T.BA0766: blue dial, stainless steel bracelet
CAR201T.FC6404: blue dial, blue leather strap
CAR201U.BA0766: brown dial, stainless steel bracelet
CAR201U.FC6405: brown dial, brown leather strap
CAR201V.BA0766: black dial, stainless steel bracelet
CAR201V.FT6087: black dial, black rubber strap
CAR2090.BH0729: black ceramic
Movement TAG Heuer from movement HEUER-01
Self-winding chronograph movement with date display
Eye-catching skeleton calendar dial, window at 3:30
Red column wheel, new openwork oscillating weight and timer board bridge
50-hour power reserve
Case diameter 43 mm
Brushed stainless steel or matte ceramic case
Blue, brown, black ceramic bezel with speedometer scale
Stainless steel or matte black ceramic lugs
Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Rubber and polished steel crown, or PVD black
Stainless steel or PVD black-plated stainless steel chronograph pusher at 2 and 4 o’clock
Stainless steel or PVD black-plated steel sapphire case back
Dial Blue, brown or black skeleton dial
Blue, brown or black flange with 60-second scale
-Minute counter at 12 o’clock with rhodium-plated snail-shaped ring and lacquered red hands
-Hour counter at 6 o’clock with rhodium-plated snail-shaped ring and lacquered red hands
-Small seconds counter at 9 o’clock with blue, brown or black snail-shaped ring and polished rhodium-plated hands
Rhodium-plated hour, minute and hour markers with white Superluminova®
Small red second hand
Polished rhodium-plated ‘TAG Heuer’ logo at 3 o’clock
Date indication window at 3:30
Engraved ‘CARRERA HEUER 01 CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIC’
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap / Bracelet Black rubber and brown or blue alligator leather strap, or blue rubber, or H-shaped steel or matte ceramic bracelet.
Stainless steel or grade 2 titanium folding clasp, PVD black plated, with safety press and TAG Heuer logo
Watches and watches have a long history. The knowledge contained in them is rich, especially for those who are very professional in the recognition of technical terms, movements, and adjustment and maintenance of watches. Jia specially invited a well-known professional watch researcher in the domestic watch industry, and will gradually explain watch knowledge to you, and learn and share with you.
The movement of a mechanical watch is relatively unfamiliar to ordinary people. The reason is that we usually only pay attention to how the mechanical watch looks, but we don’t care much about the internal movement. However, as consumers who buy mechanical watches become more and more high-quality themselves, they are more and more interested in the mystery of the internal movements of mechanical watches, and the thirst for knowledge of watches is very strong. In order to popularize this knowledge for everyone, I will teach you how to identify the internal structure and quality of mechanical watch movements in six steps:
Working principle of mechanical watch movement
Step 1: When you get a movement, just like meeting someone who has n’t known him before, first look at the person’s appearance, then look at his appearance, and then you can make a preliminary judgment about his accomplishments. grade. The same is true for the initial feeling of the movement. First, look at its appearance on the front and back, and then carefully check whether the machining level of each plywood and each transmission component that can be seen inside the movement is delicate, and the decorative texture. Whether it is well-balanced, from this you can judge whether this movement is exquisite in appearance, and from this, you can see that its design concept and the fineness of processing are obvious. Otherwise, the parts are rough and even Twisted and distorted, the appearance of the ugly movement will be well understood;
Step 2: At this time, the movement is in a stop state. You can first wind the movement by turning the arbor, while observing the balance spring system and the escapement. When you make a maximum of three turns (Swiss movement) It usually takes only one turn), the balance spring system and the escapement start and run. This step is to test the vibration performance of the speed governing mechanism of the movement. If it fails to start normally or is delayed, it indicates that the speed regulating system of the movement is defective, especially the escapement part may be abnormal and requires professional The watch repair master to handle;
Step 3: If the balance spring system and the escapement can start normally, you can continue to rotate the winding system of the winding shaft to drive the movement. At this time, special attention should be paid to: 1. Your winding feel should be comfortable Strenuous and uneven feeling. 2. Pay attention to the sound when listening to the winding. 3. The number of winding laps should not be too much, it is best to be around twenty laps. This step is to test the winding performance of this movement;
Step 4: If your movement is in the third gear, pull out the spindle to the second gear. At this time, pay attention to the gear when you pull out the second gear. The gear should be clear and you can clearly feel that it is in place. Then turn the arbor to dial quickly for additional functions. Generally set functions are calendar and weekly calendar. At this time, the key point to check is that the calendar ring or weekly calendar wheel is driven by the speed dial gear teeth, and each tooth should skip very rhythmically. If there is no sense of rhythm like swallowing jujube, it means that there are problems with the additional functions of the movement, which needs to be checked carefully;
Step 5: Pull out the arbor to the third gear, and turn the arbor to move the hour and minute hands. At this time, you need to pay attention to the same place as when checking the winding system, and still feel better. However, it is more important to observe that when the two pointers overlap to the 12 o’clock position, there must be no deviation in the middle of the pointers, otherwise the display time will have errors. In addition, if you are interested, you can continue to rotate the arbor to make the hour and minute hands continue to rotate after 24 hours. Note that the calendar ring will jump once. This is to examine the performance of the calendar mechanism under actual operation rather than rapid dialing.
Step 6: If your movement has an automatic mechanism, the easiest way to check its performance is to pay attention to the position where the automatic rotor sags naturally, and then turn the movement vertically to see if the automatic rotor always maintains this orientation, indicating automatic The gear train performance is very flexible. If the automatic tourbillon cannot keep the same position, then there may be resistance in the part of your automatic gear train. You need to check the gear train in this part.
(TIPS: The so-called third gear means the first gear is the winding gear, the second gear is the additional function gear, and the third gear is the adjustment time gear. The so-called two gear means that there is no second additional function adjustment. Gear, only the other two gears.)
Speaking of which, the identification process of a movement is basically completed. Because the general structure of the mechanical watch movement is consistent, only the functional design of the movement is different in the early stage, and the overall layout of the later movement will be tailored to local conditions. As the complexity of the structure increases, the complexity of each part of the movement itself increases, and the probability of mechanical structure problems will increase.
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Limited edition of 18 Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon à Quantième Perpétuel tourbillon watches in pink gold, with a 42mm 18K rose gold case, clear and easy-to-read dial, equipped with hours and minutes , Seconds, perpetual calendar, tourbillon and many other functions, can be called the ultimate expression of beauty and function. Through the sapphire crystal case back, you can see the operation of Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic 987 movement. The watch is set with 124 high-quality 1.9 carat diamonds, has a 48-hour power reserve, is equipped with an alligator leather strap, and is water-resistant to 50 meters. The watch is equipped with a silicon escapement to ensure perfect timing. Silicon is an excellent material. With its excellent hardness and extreme wear resistance, it can be used without lubricants. Its superior friction coefficient greatly reduces the friction inside the movement. Its lightweight and unparalleled body performance Good inertia, which improves operational efficiency. In addition, the production technology of silicon allows watchmakers to make very complex parts with precision that cannot be matched by steel. With the flexibility of this component in the definition of geometry, it is possible to carve out a hollow structure with a smaller rotor and moment of inertia, allowing more energy to be transmitted to the balance. Finally, silicon can also be used to make one-piece parts, such as built-in pawl pallets, and the design itself improves accuracy.
The legendary ‘Marie-Antoinette’ Breguet No. 160 is probably the earliest pocket watch with time equation function. It was ordered by Queen Mary’s admirers to Breguet in 1783. It should have been a gift to her. However, when the work was finally completed in 1827, Queen Mary and Abraham-Louis Breguet were already there. Passed away. For more than a hundred years, this work, also known as the ‘Queen of Mary’, went through twists and turns, and was stolen at the L.A. Mayer Institute for Islamic Art in Jerusalem in 1983 and returned in 2007.
In 2005, Breguet decided to remake an identical pocket watch based on the original structure of Breguet No. 160. This pocket watch was presented at the Basel Show in 2008 as Breguet No. 1160. The transparent dial allows people to directly see the movement structure and operation, including kidney-shaped cams at 8 o’clock, levers and positive and negative hands indicating the time difference at 10 o’clock.
Before recovering the stolen Queen Mary Watch, Breguet decided to recreate an identical pocket watch based on the limited historical data of Breguet No. 160, that is, Breguet No. 1160, which was displayed at the Basel Watch Fair in 2008. Of course, its complexity is not only limited to the time equation, but also a perpetual calendar and a three-question function capable of transmitting time with sound; it is also a creation that is sufficient to explain the history of the development of brands and watches. .
Just talking about the time equation, how can we ignore it?
Marine Équation Marchante 5887 950 platinum / 18K rose gold case, 43.9 mm diameter, hours, minutes, retrograde date, day of the week, month, leap year perpetual calendar, tourbillon, true solar hour, power reserve display, luminous hands and time scale, 581DPE Self-winding movement, 80-hour power reserve, sapphire crystal mirror and case back, waterproof to 100 meters, alligator strap.
Breguet Marine Équation Marchante 5887
Master Breguet is one of the greatest watchmakers in history. He not only invented tourbillons, Breguet double-layer hairsprings, etc., and other important devices that changed the world of watches and clocks. He is also the original creator of the Queen Breguet No. 160 pocket watch. His precision timepieces have made a profound contribution to the watch industry, as well as measurements in the physical and marine fields. His achievements have been affirmed by King Louis XVIII of France, and he was appointed as the Board of Directors of the Paris Economic Commission in 1814. of Longitude); then Breguet became a manufacturer of precision timepieces for the Royal French Navy.
This Marine Équation Marchante 5887 can be said to be a tribute to Master Breguet. First of all, it is very important that the precise timing tool allows the crew to determine the position of the ship at sea; this is the spirit of the Marine series. Equipped with a tourbillon that eliminates the effects of gravity, a perpetual calendar, and the function of calculating true solar time, the watch has a complicated process. In particular, the structure of the true solar time is driven by a kidney-shaped cam on a sapphire crystal glass plate, which is clearly visible at 5 o’clock. With the month scale on the glass plate, the true solar time hands decorated with the faceted golden sun can Learn the true state of the earth around the sun. Underneath the kidney cam is a tourbillon that rotates once a minute. In terms of appearance, the design of the dial Shanghai Wave is used to create a sea-going situation. The movement’s plywood and barrel are engraved with the Royal Navy’s first-class battleship Royal Louis and the compass pattern.
Attic Craftsman Celestial Super Complex 3600 watch in 18K white gold case, 45 mm diameter, hour, minute, time equation, perpetual calendar, moon phase, moon age, sunrise and sunset time, day and night length, season, two to Dot, bisector, Zodiac, Tide, Sun-Earth-Moon position display, Northern Star transparent sky map with stellar galaxy, Zodiac, Tianqiu equator track, stellar time, tourbillon, power reserve display, 3600 manual winding Movement, power reserve 3 weeks, Geneva mark, sapphire crystal glass and back cover, waterproof 30 meters, crocodile leather strap, adjustment pen and magnifier, engraved ‘Pièce Unique’ on the case back.
Vacheron Constantin Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600
Vacheron Constantin’s ability to make complex watches is beyond doubt. In addition to many wonderful masterpieces in history, Ref. 57260, launched on the 260th anniversary of the brand’s founding in 2015, is the most complicated pocket watch in history. And this attic artisan’s super complicated 3600 watch is also quite simple. In addition to the complex functions such as tourbillon and perpetual calendar, which are often used to show watchmaking skills, it also has sunrise and sunset, long day, long night, tide, and zodiac. Palace, spring, summer, autumn and winter, spring equinox (EQ), summer solstice and winter solstice (SOL) and other astronomical functions; the window at 9 o’clock can display day and night and moon phases at the same time, saving space, and more realistically expressing the present moment The state of the sky; at three o’clock, there are three-dimensional relative positions of the earth, the moon, and the sun. No matter in the mechanical structure or the display of the dial picture, it is not trivial.
The hour and minute hands of the watch are made of 18K white gold, and another coaxial rose gold hand indicates the true sun. On the dial, which is very informative, it is easy for the wearer to read. However, the focus of this work is actually not the time equation, but the vast universe. When flipped over to the case back, you will find that Vacheron Constantin condenses the entire Tequila in a space less than 45 mm in diameter, including the trajectory of the celestial equator and the ecliptic; with the month, 24-hour scale and indicators of the outer circle, astronomical observation can be read Stellar time. And underneath the nature, it is equipped with the most dynamic tourbillon. Although hidden in the back of the case, it is also a low-key, but it also represents the connotation of the superb and complicated 3600 watch.
Christophe Colomb Equation of Time 18K rose gold case, 45 mm diameter, engraved wheat ear dial, hours, minutes, small seconds, time equation, power reserve indicator, gyroscope, El Primero 8808 manual winding movement, power After 50 hours of storage, sapphire crystal glass and case back, waterproof 30 meters, alligator strap.
Zenith Christophe Colomb Equation of Time
In the era of great sailing, intelligent humans used the time on a timer to compare the elevation angle of the sun with a timer to calculate the longitude of the location and determine the location. In the process of navigation, an accurate ship clock played a very important role. The clock must be precise, in addition to being able to avoid the impact caused by the waves and the changes in temperature and humidity, the gravitational pull of the escapement must be taken into account. If the escapement can maintain the level with the center of the earth, there will be no problem of azimuth; but the wave of the waves makes the ship undulate and it is difficult to fix the angle of the ship’s clock. Therefore, some people use the Cardan suspension (a rotary balance ring that keeps objects at a fixed angle) named after the 16th-century Italian mathematician Girolamo Cardano to maintain the ship clock and the center of the earth (that is, So-called gyroscope).
This device can also be used on watches, of course, not the entire watch, but for the escapement system. Just like Zenith’s Christophe Colomb Equation of Time dial at 6 o’clock, it is made of 167 parts, including a balance wheel with a frequency of 36,000 revolutions per hour, which can always keep the escapement parallel to the ground. ; So there is no need for a tourbillon. However, the 9 o’clock direction is equipped with a time equation hand, and the kidney-shaped cam is also exposed at 1:30 on the case back, which simply expresses profound astronomy. The name of the watch is taken from Christophe Colomb, a tribute to the explorer who started the era of great sailing.
Since the launch of the world’s thinnest tourbillon movement Finissimo Tourbillon, this technology has set a new benchmark on the altar with the extremely slim appearance combined with the most sophisticated and sophisticated technology. Octo Finissimo Skeleton 2016 Presents the ultra-thin process with the new Ultrarano.
Octo watches will continue to explore the infinite possibilities of ultra-thin movements. Bulgari first introduced the world’s thinnest tourbillon watch in 2014. This time it will release a new masterpiece of the top watch: the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater watch, which becomes the world’s thinnest minute repeater. BVLGARI has once again pushed the limits of timepieces, setting a new record in this extraordinary field. Octo’s unique personality makes it inherently extraordinary. Not only is it a classic, but it is re-launched with a new look in 2016. It is equipped with the world’s thinnest tourbillon movement, infused with a unique watch design, and shows the complicated precision of the hollow ultra-thin movement with a modern black style.
Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, titanium case, diameter 40mm / thickness 6.85mm, hours, minutes, small seconds, minute repeater, BVL 362 hand-winding movement, 3.12mm thick, waterproof 30m. Limited to 50.
New milestone: Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater
Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater is a new work of BVLGARI’s original ultra-thin movement watch series. With the simultaneous introduction of the tourbillon and manual movement in 2014, the brand immediately set an unparalleled new milestone in the field of slim timepieces. The chronograph movement is still the most sophisticated top-level watch technology, and only a few top brands retain this unique craft.
A chronograph watch involves various special structural restrictions and mastery of certain skills to achieve the best results: After the chronograph mechanism is activated, it must emit a clear and pleasant tone with a perfect, harmonious and stable rhythm. It seems simple, but it is not easy. To obtain this set of parameter combinations, you must have extremely professional and advanced technology, and only a few brands currently have this ability.
The case of the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater is made of titanium: it not only significantly reduces weight, the characteristics of this low-density metal ensure the best sound diffusion.
In addition, these guidelines apply to timepieces that are generally large enough. Because of their wide internal space, they can produce the best sound propagation speed in the case and further ensure perfect sound quality. However, for the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater, everything has to start from scratch because the goal is to achieve the perfect sound quality in the smallest space. The numbers are the best proof: the thickness of the BVL Calibre 362 movement developed and manufactured by Bulgari is only 3.12mm, and the overall thickness of the case is only 6.85mm.
When developing the technical characteristics of this timekeeping mechanism, it looks like a blank piece of paper. So BVLGARI’s Le Sentier watch workshop uses a variety of different levels to solve the problem. First of all, the case is made of titanium: not only is the weight significantly reduced, the characteristics of this low-density metal ensure the best sound diffusion. The hour markers on the dial are also made of the same material, with a sculpted hollow design, including a hollow small dial at 6 o’clock, which can increase the resonance in the case and create beautiful sound effects.
The beginning of the development of the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater can be said to be like a blank piece of paper. So BVLGARI’s Le Sentier watch workshop uses a variety of different levels to solve the problem, starting with a design.
Each solution is backed by another technology. The circular gongs directly attached to the case are individually hand-cast in the production process. There are many different stages to making a complete gong, from the preparation and shaping of stainless steel parts to tones and harmonics. The two hammers of the timekeeping device also pour out the careful craftsmanship. This ultra-thin case is condensed with 362 ultra-miniature parts, and the centrifugal flywheel deceleration mechanism vividly displays the time effect. It includes two inertial governors with a total diameter of only 3.3mm. The button that activates the timekeeping mechanism uses the ‘all or nothing’ security mechanism and is placed in the case at 9 o’clock. This design ensures a continuous water-resistant depth of 50 meters. And this manual winding movement provides a 42-hour power reserve.
The Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater is equipped with a BVL 362 hand-wound movement, measuring only 3.12 mm thick.
The Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater watch interprets the concept of ‘thinness’ with an innovative model of thinking, and lays the foundation for mechanical technology and classic complex performance with a new method. At the same time, it still keeps the brand’s advantage and consolidates the top watch Tradition. The Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater watch is about to become a watch star, with a limited edition of 50 pieces.
Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater can be seen through the sapphire crystal back of the beautifully carved BVL 362 bracelet movement.
OCTO FINISSIMO SKELETON: Outstanding
The Octo Finissimo Skeleton watch brings the same brilliant performance with a distinctive aesthetic, allowing the most tasteful watch connoisseurs to immerse themselves in the beautiful posture of the movement. This hollow timepiece with stunning thinness and easy to read is about to conquer fascinating precision watchmakers with a low-key and complex structure.
Octo Finissimo Skeleton, stainless steel case with DLC finish, 18K rose gold bezel, diameter 40mm / thickness 5.37mm, hours, minutes and small seconds, BVL 128SK ultra-thin skeleton bracelet movement / thickness 2.35mm, Water resistant to 30 meters.
The black details of the watch add a visual sense to make the movement stand out. Each part is polished with infinite precision, like a precious trim, adding a sexy touch to a watch covered in black silk, with gold trim as an embellishment. The stunning charm of this watch stands out in both its ultra-thin appearance and detailed work. It is equipped with a Calibre BVL 128SK manual winding movement, with a small second hand and a power reserve display. The hollow-out mechanism is only 2.35 mm thick, giving it a 65-hour power reserve. Boldly combine multiple technologies with aesthetics with a modern design.
BVL 128SK ultra-thin skeleton bracelet movement is only 2.35 mm thick.
OCTO ULTRANERO: Modern black, masculine charm
The Octo case inherits the brand’s Italian genes, with a simple appearance and a complex inner structure. Render geometric structures with flexible lines. The elegant style retains the natural leisurely atmosphere and adds interest to life. Because the Octo model is not a performance-seeking work, on this basis, the Octo series continues the Italian hedonistic thinking, creating classic and extraordinary models for confident men, no matter the professional workplace or elegant leisure Life can interpret different styles. Every inch of the series of watches is in line with contemporary trends, and the year-over-year changes have gradually strengthened its power and demonstrated its unique personality.
Octo Ultranero Solotempo automatic watch, stainless steel case with DLC surface treatment, can be matched with rose gold bezel, diameter 41 mm, hours, minutes, seconds, date display, BVL 193 automatic movement, waterproof 30 meters.
Black has an inherent masculine and elegant personality, and Italian designers are the leaders in creating the black trend. Bvlgari’s new Octo Ultranero black watch is styled with modern elegance. The perfectly structured case is treated with black diamond-like carbon coating, highlighting the unique Italian aesthetic strength. The geometric design is immediately reminiscent of Italian architecture and modern furniture styles, and can even be linked to the appearance of stealth fighters, which also adds a touch of mystery and obscurity to this shape. Some Octo Ultranero also launched all black version and ‘mixed black’ version. Different designs include the use of golden elements on the hands and hour markers to set off the extreme deep black of the dial; or the addition of a rose gold bezel for an elegant contrast.
Octo Ultranero Solotempo automatic watch, stainless steel case and bezel with DLC (black diamond-coated carbon coating) surface treatment, 41 mm diameter, hour, minute, second, date display, BVL 193 automatic movement, waterproof 30 meters.
Octo Ultranero Solotempo
All models of Octo Ultranero use superb hand-assembled, polished and other watchmaking processes. Not only are they equipped with the most outstanding mechanical movements, but they still cleverly retain the simple design style. Depending on the expectations, preferences and uses of watch fans, the Octo Ultranero Solotempo watch with a diameter of 41 mm can be selected, equipped with a BVL 193 automatic movement. The BVL 193 self-winding movement is equipped with a watch specially designed for measuring and reading time. It is equipped with a dual barrel movement and is equipped with a 50-hour power reserve, emphasizing the accurate display of hours, minutes, seconds and dates.
Octo Ultranero Solotempo automatic watch, stainless steel case with DLC (black diamond-coated carbon coating) surface treatment, rose gold bezel, diameter 41 mm, hours, minutes, seconds, date display, BVL 193 automatic movement, waterproof 30 Meter.
Octo Ultranero Velocissimo chronograph
The Octo Ultranero Velocissimo chronograph offers another unique option for contemporary gentlemen. Whether it is a sports-loving male or a keen aestheticist, they will submit to its simple and masculine structure. The Octo Velocissimo Chronograph watch equipped with BVL 328 will appeal to men who love sports style, and its high-performance movement has an accuracy of one tenth of a second.
Octo Ultranero Velocissimo Chronograph, stainless steel case with DLC finish, rose gold bezel, 41 mm diameter, hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, BVL 328 automatic movement, waterproof 100 meters.
Octo Ultranero Velocissimo Chronograph, stainless steel case and bezel with DLC finish, 41 mm diameter, hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, BVL 328 automatic movement, waterproof 100 meters.
Octo Ultranero Finissimo Tourbillon Tourbillon
Octo Ultranero Finissimo Tourbillon is equipped with an ultra-thin self-made bridgeless flying tourbillon movement (BVL 268), and places Finissimo Tourbillon precisely in the center of the movement. With a thickness of just 1.95 mm, it is enough to be the thinnest movement in the complex performance field. A hand-wound mechanical movement fully polished and hand-finished with a 52-hour power reserve. The beautiful tourbillon movement is installed in the elegant and modern Octo case. The all-black case is specially made for this limited edition. It is made of black diamond-coated titanium.
Octo Ultranero Finissimo Tourbillon, titanium case with DLC surface treatment, 40 mm diameter, hour, minute, tourbillon, BVL 268 bracelet movement / 1.95 mm thick, water resistant to 30 meters.
The crown is made of rose gold and inlaid with ceramics, symbolizing Bulgari’s outstanding craftsmanship in mastering precious metals and watchmaking technology, and creating a modern watch masterpiece with the traditional jewelry brand. The Finissimo Tourbillon with a diameter of 40mm is only 5mm thick, showing the elegant style of a slim structure. Adopt the transparent bottom design to see the beauty of rare and eye-catching machinery. The black lacquered dial is also infused with the same ingenuity, and a transparent tourbillon frame window is designed at 6 o’clock. Octo watch’s exclusive hollow pointer design brings a layer of transparency to the dial.
The Octo Ultranero Finissimo Tourbillon is equipped with a black diamond-coated titanium case. The crown is made of rose gold and inlaid with ceramics, symbolizing Bulgari’s outstanding craftsmanship in mastering precious metals and watchmaking technology, and creating a modern watch masterpiece with the traditional jewelry brand.
In recent years, some watch brands no longer indulge in the elegant impression of the past. Brass case, oversized hands, polished rough leather strap, and industrial screws and nuts, this watch from the war, mixed with the icy atmosphere of modern industrial civilization and the wild style of Western American cowboys, The rapid revival in the past two years has become one of the most popular watch styles.
In fact, nowadays, many mechanical inventions and discoveries have been born out of the demands of war, such as the innovation of the steel manufacturing industry, such as the discovery of ‘penicillin’. Watches are no exception. The rise of rugged watch designs stems largely from the two ‘World Wars’ that occurred in human history. During World War II, wristwatches were put into military use on a large scale. Almost all countries have placed orders with watchmakers to customize watches that can meet the needs of war. The demand for this watch is sturdy and durable. The movement can be rough but must not be delicate. In addition to being equipped with anti-magnetic or waterproof functions, the other most important design point is that the dial must be large enough, just like the indication of mechanical instruments is easy to read. As a result, large-sized watches began to appear. At present, the largest dial of men’s watches is only 48 mm. At that time, the diving watch made by Panerai for the Egyptian SEAL had a dial size of up to 60 mm, which is almost the same as that of a portable mortar. it’s the same.
Not only is the dial large, but the straps of pilot watches and diving watches are also specially customized and lengthened. Because early pilots needed to hold the joystick firmly with both hands, their most common approach was to tie the watch to their thighs. A large dial like an instrument panel allows them to read the time quickly and accurately. At that time, commando divers were required to wear heavy wet suits, so the strap had to be extended and very strong to resist the impact of the current. Until the end of the war, just like military uniforms usually become civilian clothing. As the fashion road goes further and further, this rough watchmaking style created by war has also been retained and became a branch of watch design. .
Brass case, oversized hands, polished rough leather strap, and industrial screws and nuts, this watch from the war, mixed with the icy atmosphere of modern industrial civilization and the wild style of Western American cowboys, The rapid revival in the past two years has become one of the most popular watch styles.
These watches are often made of high-hardness composite materials, which are very strong and wear-resistant, and have excellent shock absorption. At the same time, those heavy case designs, as well as the decoration of screws, are generally treated with a waterproof function. Therefore, such watches are more suitable for daily wear. It’s like the difference between a suit and a denim jacket, one is essential in formal occasions, and the other can accompany you for more than ten years and will never be out of date.
The rise of American Vintage style also gives this rough design style watch a stylish home. Panerai’s vintage watches were regarded as ‘relics’ by a small number of people in the circle, and some people said that ‘like an unpolished jade, it emits a wild light.’ This ‘wild light’, like the protagonist of ‘Wandering Rider’ and the Indiana Jones in ‘Indiana Jones’, became the perfect portrayal of the man’s image.
I love big dials
Hublot King UEFA EURO 2012 Ukrainian
This is the latest watch designed for the European Cup. The 48mm dial is the largest size in the world. However, the case made by Wang Jin and ceramics does not appear heavy and superfluous, but it is domineering. At the same time, the layout of the dial is full of Hublot’s respect for football: the central 45-minute timer is specially designed for the European Cup-this is the time of the half-time football game. The official logo of the 2012 European Cup is clearly displayed on the back of the sapphire mirror, and the football pattern inspired by this logo surrounds the inside and outside. You know, this is the most intimate brand with football today. As early as 2009, they started to sponsor the Manchester United football team.
Material time stamp
Panerai Luminor submersible 1950
This very heavy taste bronze watch by Panerai, numbered PAM382, uses a fully-automatic P9000 self-winding movement with hours, minutes and seconds. With a diameter of 47mm, it is a real tough guy watch. The bezel, case, lugs, and unique crown are all made of bronze and have been crafted to make it unique. Both the table mirror and the bottom cover are made of sapphire. Among them, the table mirror is made of sapphire made of corundum with a thickness of 4mm. The caseback and the ring are linked by titanium. Water-resistant to 300m.
In addition, the design of the dial and hands has also been improved accordingly. The Arabic numerals, sandwich dial design, and traditional hour and minute hands have been eliminated, and replaced by a new design with a stronger sense of power.
The time stamp on the brass material is one of the reasons that fascinates many retro lovers. Just like leather and tannin cloth, brass will oxidize with some external elements, such as sunlight, air, and moisture, and produce a green rusty gloss on the surface, but it will not weaken the material.
& Bell & Ross WW2 bomber pilot watch
The Bell & Ross brand has always been fond of flight history. This Vintage WW2 bomber pilot specification pointer watch is derived from Air Force timepieces commonly used during the Second World War, and is a bomber pilot from the 1930s and 1940s A tribute to the use of timepiece instruments. This watch highlights the function of the minute hand so that the pilot can calculate the position or flight speed, which has very practical military value.
The steel case of the Vintage WW2 Bomber Pilot’s Specification Hands Watch is treated with gunmetal (gray) color coating, which adds a touch of unique glossiness to antique watches; sand-colored hands, numerals and time markers, combined with a matte leather strap The power of authentic Air Force timepieces.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II
The improved Oyster Perpetual Explorer II launched by Rolex in 2011 paid special tribute to the original 1971 model. It was equipped with 24-hour orange hands, but made a slight adjustment to the design of the case. Expanded to 42mm. The geometric scale indicators on the dial are particularly eye-catching. In addition, the black dial style is equipped with black hands, making the hands look like floating on the dial.
Black is beauty
Roger Dubuis Pulsion Chronograph
GERROGER DUBUIS ‘new Pulsion series chronograph is inspired by the adventurer’s world. Its exquisite craftsmanship, infinite power and extraordinary vitality are the true portrayal of adventurers. This chronograph with DLC black titanium case and rubber strap is built for action.
行动 This time-designed timepiece is equipped with a 44mm diameter case made of DLC black titanium, which fully reflects the vitality. The polished and satin alternating surfaces highlight the complex structure of the watch, showing a sense of strength and powerful design strength.
Pulsion titanium chronograph comes with a polished and satin-finished black rubber strap with a titanium folding clasp.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Watch
As we all know, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak design is inspired by the portholes of yachts, the octagonal bezel and the eight hexagonal screws arranged on the bezel are an irreplaceable classic design for watch fans, while its solid shape emits Masculinity. The brand’s most important Royal Oak collection was born in 1972. This year coincides with the birth of the Royal Oak series for 40 years, so at this year’s SIHH, the brand launched a number of watches like this classic series to pay tribute.
This 41mm self-winding watch is made of all-steel material. It is particularly worth mentioning that the unique “Grande Tapisserie” large plaid decoration on the surface of the watch is Audemars Piguet’s exclusive craftsmanship, created from the inside by ancient machines. It becomes a irreplaceable feature of Royal Oak when it is cut into squares and printed with a grid pattern.
China’s watch production has accounted for 80% of the global market, with a total export value of about 2 billion US dollars, accounting for only 10% of the global market. In the domestic market, the sales revenue of domestic watches is less than 30% of market sales, which is far lower than the sales of foreign brands in China. The annual output of watches and clocks in Switzerland only accounts for 3% of global production, but exports account for 40% of international market sales.
The overall technical content of China’s clock and watch export products is not high, and it is still in a technology-led stage. The brand’s influence is weak. It is completely at the base of the pyramid in the international division of labor.
However, we also have to see hope. After years of recovery, our domestic watch brands have also begun to show their prominence in high-end watchmaking technology. Domestic tourbillon watches are just such a technical direction. Here is an introduction for you. Several domestic boutiques
Limited edition of the ‘Houyi Divine Bow’ tourbillon
Movement: Tourbillon movement
Case: stainless steel pop-up case
Dial: White Paris dial, blue steel hands and hour markers
Strap: Black American alligator strap, folding clasp
Waterproof: 30 meters
Reference price: 89800 yuan
Seagull week tourbillon rose gold watch
Movement: Seagull self-winding tourbillon movement
Case: rose gold case, transparent bottom case back
Dial: White Paris dial, rose gold hands and hour markers, power reserve display, calendar display
Strap: Brown alligator strap
Size: 39.7 mm
Waterproof: 30 meters
Reference price: 78000 yuan
Beijing Painted Leopard Enamel Double Tourbillon Watch
Movement: Homemade dual tourbillon movement
Case: Rose Gold Case
Dial: Silver-painted enamel dial, double tourbillon at 6 and 9 o’clock
Strap: brown alligator leather strap, rose gold buckle
Waterproof: 30 meters
Reference price: 220000 yuan